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North Region of Puerto Rico

Discover impressive caves, beautiful beaches, and fine resorts.

Nine towns comprise the north region of Puerto Rico, also known as the northern karst because of its large limestone hills (you’ll often notice white stone peaks poking through the green blanket of forest). The diversity of the karst belt and the landscape it forms make this setting unique in the world, and many northern beaches are known for their impressive rock formations. 

Region Facts

Driving distance from San Juan’s airport: 1 hour

Driving distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 1.5–2 hours

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CulebraViequesGuánicaCabo RojoRincónSalinasPonceCoamoSan JuanCarolinaBayamónCialesUtuadoOrocovisDoradoManatíAreciboRìo GrandeCaguasFajardo

Explore the caverns at Río Camuy Cave Park.

Things to Do

For stunning panoramic views and a fun beach day, get to know Mar Chiquita, a beautiful beach in Manatí just 45 minutes from San Juan that has been a recipient of the Travel Influencer Award. Shopping lovers should head to Barceloneta for a visit to the Puerto Rico Premium Outlets, where you’ll find an impressive collection of designer and name-brand outlet stores offering great deals.

In addition to the scenic views, the north region also has attractions such as the Río Camuy Cave Park, which is one of the largest underground cave systems in the world. 

Being the largest cave network in the Western Hemisphere with over 200 caves and caverns, the Río Camuy Cave Park is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous natural attractions.

Relax by the pool at the Ritz Carlton Reserve.

Where to Stay

The north region is home to the amazing Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, recognized by Forbes and AAA as a Five Diamond property, and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort. For a stay with a local and cozy touch, choose the Parador El Buen Café or the Punta Maracayo Resort. The specialty of Puerto Rico’s small inns is to offer unforgettable gastronomic and cultural experiences to their guests.

Always ask for the day’s catch or special!

Where to Eat

The north coast’s abundance of fresh local fish and seafood finds its way to both fine dining and casual restaurants alike. Whether you’re grabbing a casual bite to eat after a beach day or on a culinary adventure to discover the island’s locally made cheeses, the north has plenty of tasty treats.

Find places to eat in the north

More Places to Explore


Head to the north side for the Island’s best outlet shopping and more.

Explore the ecosystems of Río Camuy, the third largest underground river in the world.


Explore Camuy and the valley of the caverns.

Florida is known as the “Land of the Enchanted River”, due to its striking beauty. 


Florida is known as La Tierra del Río Encantado (or “Land of the Enchanted River”), and is full of striking natural beauty.

Hatillo is the hub of Puerto Rico’s dairy industry. 


Hatillo is an idyllic hamlet of rolling hills and sprawling farms.

Lago La Plata in Toa Alta

Toa Alta

Toa Alta is a tranquil spot to relax and unwind.

Vega Alta

Home to one of the Island’s favorite beaches and more.

Vega Baja is known for its beautiful beaches. 

Vega Baja

Vega Baja is known for its fertile plains, its rich history, beautiful beaches, and more.

[Age of menarche and menstruation characteristics of Puerto Rican women athletes]

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. 1990 Aug;9(2):179-83.

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M A Rivera 
, R M Matos, B Volquez



  • 1 Centro de Salud Deportiva y Ciencias del Ejercicio Albergue Olímpico y Recinto Ciencias Médicas Universidad, Salinas, Puerto Rico 00751.
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. 1990 Aug;9(2):179-83.


M A Rivera 
, R M Matos, B Volquez


  • 1 Centro de Salud Deportiva y Ciencias del Ejercicio Albergue Olímpico y Recinto Ciencias Médicas Universidad, Salinas, Puerto Rico 00751.
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The purpose of this study was to determine and describe the chronological age, age at menarche (AM), age at initiation of training (AIT), years dedicated to training (YDT), selected menstrual characteristics, use of oral contraceptives, family size (FZ), birth order (BO), martial status, and number of children relative to sport of Puerto Rican women athletes. Fifty five (55) women athletes (track and field n = 6, basketball n = 7, gymnastics n = 5, synchronized swimming n = 9, swimming n = 5, softball n = 14, tennis n = 4 [field tennis n = 2, table tennis n = 2], and volleyball n = 5) members of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee delegation to the XV Central American and Caribbean Games were interview. The M +/- sd of the variables were as follows: age = 21. 0 +/- 5.3 years, AIT = 11.4 +/- 4.3 years, YDT = 9.6 +/- 4.4 years, AM = 13.2 +/- 1.6 years, BO = 2.7 +/- 1.3, y FZ = 3.7 +/- 1.9. Five percent of the sample (gymnasts = 2, swimmers = 1) had not attained menarche at the time of the study. The prevalence for menstrual irregularity and dysmenorrhea was 44.2 and 40.4%, respectively. With respect to the degree of certainty in the recall of age of menarche: 61.5% were very certain, 25% certain, and 13.5% uncertain. The prevalence of the use of oral contraceptives was 7.3%. In conclusion, the results are within the range of those reported for olympic athletes.

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